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Best Jackets & Pants for Alaska 2018

Stay warm, dry and stylish in the best jackets and pants for Alaska’s anglers. From down to Gore-Tex, heavy rain gear to lightweight jackets, find the best jackets and pants for Alaska’s anglers from the quality brands our testers seek year after year for men and women who spend their time outdoors.

Grundéns Nightwatch 2.0 Insulated Puffy Jacket
www.shop.grundens.com
We like that this jacket is lightweight, warm and comfortable. The jacket sports a DWR coating on the inside and outside to increase water repellency. A cool feature is the internal pocket that doubles as self-storage for the jacket when you need to pack it on a trip.

 

 

 

Carhartt Women’s Shoreline Jacket
www.carhartt.com
This waterproof, breathable rain jacket came in handy across a variety of scenarios this past year. The Storm Defender waterproof, breathable membrane kept water out but also let our tester’s bodyheat escape. It is made roomy for layering up and makes a good rain jacket when aboard a river boat.

 

 

 

Drift Creek Men’s Drift Tech Hooded Jacket
www.driftcreekoutdoors.com
This soft-shell jacket is comfortable and offers good wind- and water protection. We used it as a top layer during milder weather and as a mid-layer when it got cooler and started raining in earnest. Includes zippered hand-warmer pockets and drawcords at the hood and waistband. There’s also a small pocket on the sleeve that we used to store keys and a phone.

 

 

Columbia Men’s PFG Force Insulated Jacket
www.columbia.com
We stayed warm and dry in a steady Prince of Wales Island rain in 2017 while wearing this insulated jacket. It’s lightweight, reflects light, is waterproof, breathable and includes an adjustable storm hood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drift Creek Outdoors Women’s Granyte Newport Rain Jacket and Pants
www.driftcreekoutdoors.com
Waterproof, comfortable and durable, this attractive rain gear is designed for the active outdoorswoman and is constructed of 100% polyester, with Semi-PU-coated fabric that is both waterproof and comfortable. The shell fabric is waterproof, abrasion-resistant, stretchable and is virtually noiseless, making it the perfect rain gear for hunting, fishing, hiking or any other outdoor activity. It is softer and more comfortable than other traditional heavy-duty rainwear.

 

Black Diamond First Light Hoody
www.blackdiamondequipment.com
Ideal for outdoor excursions in wilderness Alaska, the First Light Hoody is the quintessential start-stop piece, a layer that breathes and moves. Fully-insulated with PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Active and constructed from lightweight Schoeller fabric, it is the company’s most breathable insulation piece and that makes it extremely versatile for the Alaskan outdoors-enthusiast.

 

 

 

Mountain Hardwear Men’s AP Pant
www.mountainhardwear.com
These pants are comfortable and are built for performance in the field. Among the notable features are a compression back pocket and articulated knees, as well as two zippered back pockets. The pants have belt loops, a button closure and zipper. Our tester wore these pants often in 2017 and likes them greatly.

 

 

 

 

Patagonia Women’s Tough Puff Hoody
www.patagonia.com
Built for swinging flies all day in cold water, the warm Tough Puff Hoody has a stretchy and durable face fabric combined with highly breathable FullRange stretch insulation for performance, comfort and freedom of motion. Our tester used this hoody on a range of spring and fall adventures in Alaska and reported nothing but positive reviews including “It feels like wearing a warm cloud”.

 

 

Montbell Superior Down Pants
www.montbell.us
Light in weight and highly compressible, these Montbell pants pack down small for travel but also offer surprising warmth in the field. In Alaska when a versatile warm layer is critical, minimal weight is paramount and space in your pack is at a premium, these are a great bet.

 

 

 

The North Face Women’s FuseForm Shell
www.thenorthface.com
Our tester really enjoyed wearing this jacket. It is lightweight and breathable and kept her warm and dry. The pockets and zippers were well-designed and high-quality. This shell jacket is made of Gore-Tex, guaranteed to keep you dry.

 

 

 

The North Face Women’s Thermoball Vest
www.thenorthface.com
Our tester loved this vest, which is insulated with the latest in lightweight insulation technology. A versatile garment, it’s an ideal mid- or outer layer in cold conditions while still maintaining free arm movement while casting.

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